What Is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
What is a Kiwanian?
An individual of good character who adheres to the standards of good conduct in a community and believes in and subscribes to the objects of Kiwanis international. The individual believes in giving primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life; believes in treating other human beings as the individual would like to be treated in all human relationships; believes in promoting” the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards; desires to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship; believes in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill; practical means to form enduring friend- ships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community.
The Kiwanis Story
FOUNDING: Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915. the first Kiwanian was a merchant tailor named Joseph prance. The original name was “the benevolent order of brothers,” and its purpose was the mutual exchange of preferred treatment in professional and business dealings.
REACHING MATURITY: Kiwanis is part of a phenomenon spanning 20 centuries. the “service club movement,” as it has been termed, is “one of north america’s most important contributions to the life of our times.” Today, the service club movement is bigger, better accepted, and more desired than ever before in its history.
What Kiwanis International Does
Kiwanis international, of which our club is a part, sets the policy and tone for all clubs to follow. locally elected delegates to the annual international Convention serve as the organization’s official legislative body, and they alone institute policy changes. Delegates also elect a governing body, the Kiwanis international board of trustees, to carry out these policies.
the board, in turn, appoints an international secretary, who serves as managing director of the international office in Indianapolis. Here the records of Kiwanis are kept, a magazine and other printed literature are produced, and administrative assistance is given to local clubs. Most important of all, service programs are conceived and developed, each designed to aid clubs in meeting the needs of their communities. Program guidelines and background material are furnished to Kiwanis clubs around the world.
What Kiwanis Does For Its Members
• Provides the opportunity for lasting friendships and the fellowship often lacking in a busy, work-a-day world.
• Provides involvement in the life of the community; its social and service opportunities and also provides a better understanding of its problems.
• Opens the door to the informal exchange of ideas on a wide range of topics.
• Encourages sharing ideas and opinions with others in peer groups.
• Provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills by serving the club in positions of responsibility.
• Broadens general knowledge by providing, on a regular basis, speakers on scores of interesting subjects.
• And, finally makes a member a better citizen, provides a sense of fulfillment, and imparts the knowledge that the effort of each individual really counts.